The construction sector is the most resource-intensive industrial sector in the EU. Using about 50% of the available primary raw materials it has a heavy, irreversible impact on the environment. At the same time, construction and demolition waste (CDW) from the building sector is the largest waste stream in the EU. Reusing high-quality recycled CDW as secondary raw material has the potential to provide the much-needed higher resource-efficiency while preserving our natural resources and landscapes.
In this context, the EU Interreg project SeRaMCo pioneers the development of concrete precast products (CPPs) from recycled CDW in North-Western Europe. The project aims at demonstrating that CPPs from recycled aggregates are technically feasible, eco-friendly and in sum do not cost more than primary raw materials.
Schuttelaar & Partners’ role in SeRaMCo is to lead on the long-term effects. Having started with an in-depth analysis of the current market opportunities, their drivers and barriers we are now developing new sustainable business models in order to scale-up SeRaMCo’s pilot projects for a successful introduction into the European construction business. Based on a transnational roll-out strategy the market in North-Western Europe shall be successfully penetrated in the mid- and long-term.
In parallel, S&P is in charge of communicating about the project’s results reaching out to major stakeholders. We publish in print and online magazines, disseminate newsletters, promote engagement via social media, and organise and follow up on events.
Combining our expertise with the one of our European project partners from industry and academia, we accelerate the disruptive transformative process towards the circular economy in the construction sector.
For more information on the project, please visit the SeRaMCo website.